Lapis Lazuli (inspired) Dress

For the upcoming JoCo cruise, I wanted to make a dress that was formal but also a tribute to one of my favorite shows, Steven Universe.  This is what I came up with:

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For reference, here’s what Lapis wears:

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The pattern I used was McCall’s M7157, which was the closest I could find to a halter with a strap across the back.

Once I had the basic shape from a pattern, I added some of the color detail that Lapis has. I wanted to keep on the non-cosplay side of things, so that I wouldn’t feel too weird using the dress for normal situations, so I didn’t use triangles for the dark blue details. Instead I just went with wide stripes, which I think turned out pretty well.

When I want to make it a little more obvious where my inspiration came from, I can wear this necklace shaped like Lapis’s cracked gem, which I got from MagicalMcGuffins on Etsy. For more formal occasions, I have a similar teardrop necklace that is actually a lapis lazuli stone.

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One last detail that I didn’t get a picture of before I packed my dress – the inside of the skirt is lined in a slightly lighter blue, to give the same sort of effect as the light shining on Lapis in the shot at the top of the post. It probably won’t really show when I’m wearing it, but I thought it was a fun addition (and it made hemming a lot easier).

 

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Last Minute Christmas!

Are you over 21? Can you sew in a straight line? Then good news! Liquor stores are open relatively late on Christmas Eve (9 pm around here), and you’ve still got time to buy presents! And while decorating the paper bag that your purchase comes in is one option, it is also very easy to make a little fabric bag to class things up.

You’ll need a strip of fabric about an inch or two wider than the bottle you’re making it for, and a few inches taller.

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These are mini bottles (perfect for stockings!) but it will work about the same for full size bottles too.

So take your strip of fabric, and turn down both of the ends. Sew those together, leaving the short ends open for your ribbon.

Then sew the sides of the fabric along the long edges up to the ribbon opening.

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Flip it right-side-out, put a ribbon through the tube, fill it with some booze, and no one will know that you bought your presents right before stores closed on Christmas Eve 🙂

Kingdom Hearts – Sora costume

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This Sora costume was inspired by one of my favorite things – Reddit gift exchanges (the Secret Santa is open, go sign up!) For the Halloween exchange three years ago, I requested that my gifter either send me candy /or/ send me some sort of prop that I could use as a basis for a Halloween costume. He came through in a big way and sent me a Keyblade! It was perfect – he let me know ahead of time what he would be sending, and I had enough time before it arrived to create the rest of my costume. I had a ton of fun with it, and I didn’t have to deal with the indecision of picking a costume.

This costume was also a lot of fun to shop for. The only major modification I made was adding the giant zipper (https://www.etsy.com/listing/103440856/extra-large-zipper-in-grey-fully), but it gave me the opportunity to buy an oversized stretchy red jumpsuit (on sale at Macy’s), extra wide size 14 sneakers (Walmart), and endlessly browse ebay for the right type of jacket.

I cut the front of the jumpsuit open to add the zipper – I initially added it to the back (and was planning on wearing it backwards) because the neckline would make more sense, but I didn’t take into account how baggy the butt area of the jumpsuit would be :p Luckily the giant zipper is much easier to work with than standard sized ones, so it wasn’t difficult to take it out and move it to the front.

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For the poofy pant legs that Sora has, I hemed the jumpsuit to just above the knee and put some heavy-duty elastic in the hem. Once I had the jumpsuit on, I put a ring of foam padding down each pant leg, and that kept it pretty poofy. It helped that the jumpsuit was crazy stretchy – like, you could probably fit two entire people into each leg.

My dress form made it hard to put the foam in both legs, but this also does a good job showing with foam and without:

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Along with poofy pants, Sora has some seriously oversized feet. Clown shoes are expensive and not quite the right look, but luckily Walmart has relatively cheap sneakers for giant feet. I didn’t buy the largest size they had because I was worried about tripping, but I think the size 14 shoes we defintiely oversized enough that I got the point across. They were so big on me that I was able to put another shoe (one that does fit me) fully inside the big shoe, and that made them really easy to wear. I hotglued yellow fleece to the shoes for the accents. The fleece was something that I happened to have, but if I were to do it again I would have bought some yellow vinyl or at least some fabric that isn’t so fuzzy – it looks a little weird if you get too close.

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The jacket was a lucky find on ebay (style info if you happen to find it), and the necklace is a foam cutout with metallic polish. And of course, the Keyblade, which various Etsy sellers sell, and for which tutorials exist.

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All in all this was one of my favorite costumes to make, mostly because of the giant (functional!) zipper. It makes such a big difference to how authentic everything looks, and it was so easy!

Final Result:

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Halloween!

Halloween is here, and Halloween is the best holiday for crafts!  I sadly don’t have a new costume this year, but at this point there’s enough costume parts around the house that I’ll be able to come up with something to wear for the adorable trick-or-treaters that will hopefully be stopping by.  It’s my first Halloween in this house, so I don’t know what the trick-or-treater situation will be like – either we get to see fun costumes, or we get to eat a lot of leftover candy :p

Anyway, I thought I’d put up a few posts about my costumes from previous years, and a little bit about how they were made.  Let’s start with the generic female pirate costume.

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I made this my first year of college, and wore it for the next two.  This was probably the first costume that I made out of quality materials – I avoided the “Halloween quality” fabrics and went for the good stuff.  I pretty much just followed the pattern, but I was able to learn a lot about working with lace and putting in grommets.

One addition I made was embroidering a pirate flag – I wanted an excuse to use my embroidery machine.

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A store-bought pirate had and a piratey necklace that I had lying around finished it off, and while my more recent costumes have tended away from short and more towards nerdy, I’m still pretty proud of how this turned out.

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